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Newspaper stropping?

Postby threedotspoons » Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:05 pm

Anybody else out there who prefers using newspaper for stropping over leather? I have tried leather and compound, just leather, denim, balsa wood, cardboard with and without compound. But none of those seem to work as good as plain old newspaper. I use black ink newspaper taped tightly around a piece of hard maple that I carved into a paddle. This gives me a killer edge. There is just so much talk about how good leather and compound are but I just don't get it. Let me know what you guys/girls think. Stay sharp!

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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby holeshot » Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:59 pm

Sounds like a interesting method. Could you please post a pic of your NP strop? Oh yeah, welcome to the fourm. :)
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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby threedotspoons » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:49 pm

Will post a pic tomorrow...getting ready to go night night. Thanks for the welcome Holeshot.

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Postby Calicoast » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:58 pm

Welcome to the forum. Yes, that would be nice to see. -C

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Postby Doc Dan » Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:24 pm

I have always used plain leather, but I think I will give the newsprint a go and see what happens.
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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby Jazz » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:10 am

I use it at work when I touch up my wharnie Delica. Also thin cardboard. Works okay. Learned it from Murray Carter.
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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby JD Spydo » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:19 am

I've been told by a couple of knife makers that if you use balsa wood correctly that it makes an excellent strop. I've yet to try balsa wood for stropping myself but I'm going to before too long after I heal up from this awful knee operation :o Actually I can't see how newspaper could have any advantages in stropping?

Now I have heard from a couple of guys over the years that there are certain types of canvas that does well stropping.

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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby Pelagic » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:43 am

Basswood is my favorite, followed by leather. I feel like with newspaper I don't get as much out of my compounds before it's time to use a new piece (newspaper either becomes damaged or overly loaded).
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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby threedotspoons » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:23 am

Sorry guys but I am having difficulties downloading a pic. Keeps saying the image is too large. Any ideas how to fix this?

I've read that blank ink is the equivalent to like 40,000 plus grit. So after using the 306 UF I strop on my newspaper paddle strop. Light strokes. Works great. I guess in my head the newspaper wrapped around the hard maple makes sense since it is a consistent medium that matches the hardness of my stones. If that makes sense? In the end...it works. And it doesn't hurt that master blade smith Murray Carter uses newspaper to strop with.

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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby holeshot » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:19 pm

threedotspoons wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:23 am
Sorry guys but I am having difficulties downloading a pic. Keeps saying the image is too large. Any ideas how to fix this?

I've read that blank ink is the equivalent to like 40,000 plus grit. So after using the 306 UF I strop on my newspaper paddle strop. Light strokes. Works great. I guess in my head the newspaper wrapped around the hard maple makes sense since it is a consistent medium that matches the hardness of my stones. If that makes sense? In the end...it works. And it doesn't hurt that master blade smith Murray Carter uses newspaper to strop with.

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I had the same problem for months then my son told me to get a photo compression app and it did the trick. :o
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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby Jazz » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:41 pm

You don’t put abrasives on in. It already has a bit in it.
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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby ZrowsN1s » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:58 pm

I've used cardboard (like from the back of a notepad), that works ok. Newspaper? I'll have to try that sometime. Diamond paste on leather works pretty good though.
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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby jpm2 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:35 pm

A few strokes on plain paper or bare denim is usually how I finish.

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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby threedotspoons » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:10 pm

Sorry guys, no luck in posting a pic of my newspaper strop. Still saying the image is too large. I guess I'll have to follow Holeshot's sons advice and download a photo compression app. How the hell do I do that? Say that backwards and it sounds like a revolutionary chant: "That do I do...hell the how! That do I do...hell the how!" Stay sharp everybody.

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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby holeshot » Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:31 am

threedotspoons wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:10 pm
Sorry guys, no luck in posting a pic of my newspaper strop. Still saying the image is too large. I guess I'll have to follow Holeshot's sons advice and download a photo compression app. How the hell do I do that? Say that backwards and it sounds like a revolutionary chant: "That do I do...hell the how! That do I do...hell the how!" Stay sharp everybody.
Go to the Apple App site and type in compression app in the search window and a bunch should come up. As I recall some are free and some are not. I believe the one a got was free but I ended up paying to not have to have all the adds pop up with it, wasn't much though.
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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby FK » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:24 am

There is a very slight abrasive quality to newspaper ink.

This has been done for many years with plain carbon knives, I doubt it would have much effect with modern high alloy steels.

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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby SpyderEdgeForever » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:42 pm

WOW Thank you!

Will this method work on any steel?

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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby threedotspoons » Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:34 pm

Any steel? Not sure. I'm a spoon carver and the newspaper strop works great on my Mora knives.

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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby Hgwxx7 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:11 pm

FK wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:24 am
There is a very slight abrasive quality to newspaper ink.

This has been done for many years with plain carbon knives, I doubt it would have much effect with modern high alloy steels.

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What about the modern high alloy steels would prevent newspaper from working as a strop? What about the recent sprint run steels like HAP40, V-Toku 2 or Rex 45? What do you recommend for stropping instead?
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Re: Newspaper stropping?

Postby Fixmeister » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:25 am

Welcome Spoons. If you have an iPhone, attach the pic to an email to yourself. It will ask you what size you want to send it as. Choose a small version. Send it, then open the email and save the pic. It will be sized appropriately for attachment. Android users probably have the same or similar functionality.

I’m going to try the newsprint strop. Sound interesting.

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